“Imagination was a way to get inside the truth.” Eugene Peterson
This was one of the great comments Eugene Peterson made about the Psalms in an interview I watched a couple of months ago when Peterson sat down with Bono. If you’ve never seen this interview, it’s definitely worth your time.
His comment reminded me of a G.K. Chesterton quote:
“…the function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”
“The trumpet of imagination,” says Chesterton, “like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their graves.”
“Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. “I assure you,”He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4
A few thoughts this morning as I thought more about these ideas of imagination and child-like faith.
Imagination points our hearts to hope, to possibilities, and to the beautiful what ifs. It makes the ordinary…remarkable. It makes the simple…profound.
“The function of imagination is to make settled things strange.”
What if truth is not conveniently found on the surface but under it, not in plain sight, but hidden?
What if Jesus is more than a compassionate and loving teacher?
What if He is the bread of life?
What if insignificant shepherd boys can slay giants and become king?
What if thieves nailed to crosses can find peace and redemption in paradise?
What if paralyzed hearts are worse than paralyzed legs?
What if they’re not feel good stories but life giving, God-breathed truth?
What if an unseen all powerful, all knowing, all sufficient Savior is as real and as near as the air filling up our lungs?
What if believing opens the floodgate to another world? What if believing takes our black and white thinking and opens our eyes to all the vibrant colors we had no idea were even there?
Imagine the possibilities!
It’s reason to dance.
It’s reason to sing.
It’s a reason to proclaim this hope everywhere and anywhere…from the deepest valley, to the highest mountain.